UT Energy Poll, Spring 2013

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Results from the UT Energy Poll conducted by McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2013, presented by Poll Associate Director Sheril Kirshenbaum. Results include questions on top energy issues of importance to U.S. consumers, including climate change, domestic energy production, hydraulic fracturing and exports of natural gas. For more: http://www.utenergypoll.com/

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UT Energy Poll, Spring 2013

  1. 1. Public Perception of Energy Issues4th Biannual Energy Poll Results and Analysis April 9, 2013 Sheril Kirshenbaum Director of The Energy Poll
  2. 2. Impartial and authoritative source of public perspectives on energy to inform and guidediscussion, business planning and policy development Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 2
  3. 3. Background •  First questionnaire developed in 2010 (Inaugural launch Oct. 2011) •  Collaborative effort with representatives from academic institutions, polling companies, non-governmental organizations, energy producers and energy consumersFourth release •  Online survey conducted March 11-20, 2013 •  2,113 respondents, weighted to reflect U.S. Census demographicsGeneral Topics •  Energy prices and availability •  Energy concerns •  Satisfaction with government •  Consumer behaviors and voting preferences •  Hot Topic: Consumer Attitudes Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 3
  4. 4. A Look At Respondents: Party Annual Income Age Gender Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 4
  5. 5. Compared to most people you know, how knowledgeable are you about how energy is produced, delivered and used?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 5
  6. 6. Compared to most people you know, how knowledgeable are you about how energy is produced, delivered and used? KnowledgeableMarch 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 6
  7. 7. How concerned are you about each of the following?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 7
  8. 8. Looking ahead, do you expect that 6 months from today, the price for gasoline will…? IncreaseSeptember 2011 Base: 3406, March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 8
  9. 9. Average U.S. Weekly Gas Price Source: EIA Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 9
  10. 10. Which benefits do you most associate with natural gas production?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 10
  11. 11. Which benefits do you most associate with renewable energy sources?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 11
  12. 12. Where is it most important for the U.S. government to spend your tax dollars?March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 12
  13. 13. Where is it most important for the U.S. government to spend your tax dollars? Natural gasMarch 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 13
  14. 14. Where is it most important for the U.S. government to spend your tax dollars? RenewablesMarch 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 14
  15. 15. Where is it most important for the U.S. government to spend your tax dollars? Tied with “other”March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 15
  16. 16. How relevant are energy issues to you?March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 16
  17. 17. Looking ahead, do you expect that 6 months from today, the price for natural gas will…? IncreaseSeptember 2011 Base: 3406, March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 17
  18. 18. Should the U.S. export natural gas to other countries?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 18
  19. 19. Americans familiar with the term ‘hydraulic fracturing’ (sometimes referred to as ‘fracking’)?March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 19
  20. 20. How familiar are you with the term ‘hydraulic fracturing’ (sometimes referred to as ‘fracking’)? FamiliarMarch 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 20
  21. 21. Respondents who support the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of fossil fuels.March 2012 Base: 752, September 2012 Base: 726, March 2013 Base 889All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 21
  22. 22. Gender differences among respondents who support the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of fossil fuels.March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 22
  23. 23. Regional differences among respondents who support the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of fossil fuels.March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 23
  24. 24. Who do you trust most to provide accurate, impartial information on hydraulic fracturing?March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 24
  25. 25. Regulation: On public lands, hydraulic fracturing…March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 25
  26. 26. Necessity: On public lands, hydraulic fracturing…March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 26
  27. 27. Permission: On public lands, hydraulic fracturing…March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 27
  28. 28. What is your greatest concern regarding hydraulic fracturing?March 2013 Base: 889.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 28
  29. 29. Do you think climate change is occurring?March 2012 Base: 2371, July 2012 Base: 1029. September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base: 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 29
  30. 30. Do you think climate change is occurring?March 2012 Base: 2371. September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base: 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 30
  31. 31. Regional differences among Americans who think that climate change is occurring:March 2013 Base: 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 31
  32. 32. Indicate if you think each of the following is a significant factor contributing to global climate change:March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 32
  33. 33. Which of the following best reflects your views on the relationship between the environment and the economy?March 2013, Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 33
  34. 34. Who do you trust to provide information on how to conserve energy?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 34
  35. 35. Who do you trust to provide information on how to conserve energy?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 35
  36. 36. Do you trust the academic/scientific community to provide information on how to conserve energy?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 36
  37. 37. Do you trust information provided by the business community on how to conserve energy?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 37
  38. 38. Do you trust information provided by the oil and gas industry on how to conserve energy?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 38
  39. 39. Which of the following is more likely to lead you to reduce your overall electricity consumption?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 39
  40. 40. Which is more likely to lead you to shift your electricity consumption from peak periods of the day to off-peak periods?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 40
  41. 41. Which of the following best reflects your attitude on energy usage labels at major retail stores? “Energy Saving” “Energy Efficient”March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 41
  42. 42. How likely is it that you will do each of the following 
 within the next 5 years?September 2011 Base: 3406, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 42
  43. 43. How likely is it that you will do each of the following 
 within the next 5 years?September 2011 Base: 3406, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 43
  44. 44. How likely is it that you will use “smart meter” technology
 within the next 5 years?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 44
  45. 45. How likely is it that you will do each of the following 
 within the next 5 years?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 45
  46. 46. Over the next five years, how do you think U.S. energy policy willaffect your choices for more affordable and clean energy? “Improve my choices”March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 46
  47. 47. Party differences on whether U.S. energy policy will improve choices for more affordable and clean energyMarch 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 47
  48. 48. Would you be more likely to vote for a 
 presidential candidate who supports..?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 48
  49. 49. How satisfied are you with the job that each is doing to address the energy issues most important to you?March 2013 Base: 2113.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 49
  50. 50. When it comes to dealing with energy issues that face our nation, do you think things are headed in…? The right directionSeptember 2011 Base: 3406, March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092, March 2013 Base 2113All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 50
  51. 51. For more information: www.utenergypoll.comsheril.kirshenbaum@mccombs.utexas.edu (512) 232-5942 Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2013 Page 51

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